Grit Index: Another walk-off propels Diamondbacks to sweep of Orioles

Aug 15, 2013, 1:42 AM | Updated: 1:44 am

PHOENIX — So the Arizona Diamondbacks needed walk-off heroics from Aaron Hill to beat the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday afternoon.

Yawn.

The second-baseman’s one-out single up the middle in the bottom of the 14th inning propelled the D-backs to a 5-4 victory, giving them a three-game series sweep as well as their third walk-off win in as many games, pushing their record to 62-57 in the process.

In typical D-backs fashion, this one was not easy.

Arizona ace Patrick Corbin got roughed up a bit in the second inning, as the Orioles strung together hits by Taylor Teagarden and Brian Roberts, with Teagarden and Roberts scoring on a Nick Markakis single before Manny Machado launched a two-run home run into the left field bleachers.

The inning erased a 1-0 D-backs’ lead earned on Matt Davidson’s first career Major League RBI, and Arizona trailed until knotting things up in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Hill.

From there, the teams’ respective bullpens traded zeros, with Arizona’s J.J. Putz, Joe Thatcher, Brad Ziegler, Josh Collmenter and Heath Bell tossing five innings of shutout baseball en route to the win.

The Good

Though Corbin allowed four runs in the second inning, he managed to last until the seventh for Arizona. Given the amount of use the team’s ‘pen has gotten this series — and seeing where things went Wednesday — his effort proved to be huge.

Like Paul Goldschmidt the night before, Hill drove in both the tying and winning runs.

Following the four-run second inning, D-backs pitchers combined to throw 12 straight scoreless frames.

The Bad

Each team had good chances to win this game long before the 14th inning; the clubs combined to leave 22 men on base.

Though he wasn’t great against Baltimore, Corbin has now gone four straight starts without recording a win.

Noted

Three pitchers were used as pinch-hitters in the game, as Randall Delgado (10th), Wade Miley (13th) and Scott Feldman (14th) all received at-bats.

He said it

“I don’t understand the dirt bath thing. I really don’t. You know, the dirt, the rosin bag, the spit, and whatever else comes at you. I don’t know where that came from, but it’s like hey, it means we won a ballgame so I’ll take it every time.” – Second baseman Aaron Hill on the team’s new walk-off tradition

Up Next

The D-backs have Thursday off before starting a three-game series in Pittsburgh with the Pirates. Right-hander Brandon McCarthy (2-6, 4.73 ERA) will take the hill for Arizona, and he’ll be opposed by Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole (5-5, 3.95 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m., and the game can be heard on Arizona Sports 620.

Arizona Diamondbacks Aaron Hill hugs teammate Gerardo Parra, right, after his game winning RBI single against the Baltimore Orioles after the 14th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won 5-4. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks Gerardo Parra scores the game winning run off a hit by teammate Aaron Hill as Baltimore Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden misses the throw to the plate during the 14th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won 5-4. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks Gerardo Parra scores the game winning run off a hit by teammate Aaron Hill against the Baltimore Orioles after the 14th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won 5-4. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks Aaron Hill celebrates his game winning RBI single against the Baltimore Orioles with teammate Gerardo Parra after the 14th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won 5-4. (AP Photo/Matt York) Baltimore Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 13th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter throws to a Baltimore Orioles during the 13th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Didi Gregorius forces out Baltimore Orioles' J.J. Hardy (2) as he turns a double play on Nate McLouth during the 10th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Didi Gregorius cant' get a throw off in time on a base hit by Baltimore Orioles' J.J. Hardy during the 10th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Baltimore Orioles' Chris Tillman delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Gerardo Parra, left, celebrates his RBI triple as Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado looks away during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado (13) celebrates his home run with Nick Markakis (21) during the second inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tries to throw out Arizona Diamondbacks' Matt Davidson, who singled and drove in a run during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Didi Gregorius is knocked down after forcing out Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, bottom, on a ball hit by Adam Jones, who was safe at first during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Wil Nieves waits for the throw as Baltimore Orioles' Taylor Teagarden scores on a two-run single by Nick Markakis during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin adjusts his cap as he talks with teammate Paul Goldschmidt during the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter throws to a Baltimore Orioles during the 13th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Baltimore Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 13th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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